No end to the waste and propaganda in pursuit of CO2 emission abatement

I am among the most faithful readers of The Guardian – its football coverage is second to none. Occasionally my eye wanders to other writings.  My attention was attracted to this from Lord (raised to the Nobility following his assiduous pandering to Gordan Brown’s climate change agenda) Nicholas Stern.

Nicholas Stern argues that Tony Abbott should make climate change a major agenda item for the G20 show in Brisbane.  It is a a pity in this regard that Lenore Taylor, the local journalist who has been punting climate change issues longer than any other, has the inside goss that the matter is done and dusted and is to be confined to a single line in the communique.  That the communique is all wrapped up before the leaders have donned their First Class cabin pj’s suggests we should cut to the chase, call it all off and just digest the inevitably anodyne agreement about leaders favouring world peace, prosperity and the welfare of the poor.

But back to the former economist previously known as Nicholas Stern.  Some will remember he put his name to a tortuous report that argued, “the cost of human induced climate change under business-as-usual would be, the equivalent of around a 20% reduction in consumption per head, now and into the future”. Combating this, he said would cost only one per cent of GDP.  His report has been archived by Her Majesty’s Government.

His alarmist predictions were too much even for the lapdogs at the IPCC who concluded in the studies they actually referenced that the impact over the course of a century or more would be a loss of only 0.5-2.5 per cent.  That is less than a single year’s growth.  They also concluded that even with the brave new world of technologies yet to move off the drawing board,  that the costs would far exceed Stern’s one per cent.  In fact this former economist still argues that the costs are understated by the IPCC – now he has uncovered adverse health impacts from tiny particles of pollution from fossil fuels that were somehow overlooked by the supposed 1000 experts in health, economics, psychology and whatever who claim authorship of the IPCC reviews.

In his weekend Guardian article Stern glides over the 18 year warming pause by hiding the trend and declaring each successive decade has been warmer than the previous one.  But rather than the fanciful runaway temperature rise he was previously confident about he now says it will be a mere two degrees (true experts like Richard Lindzen suggest one degree from increased human induced carbon dioxide, most of which has already occurred). He conjures up scenarios where this might be harmful enough to promote the wealth sucking policies he advocates.

Stern suggests investments made to combat climate change would yield “powerful returns”. his view in this are shared by the appointees to our “Clean Energy Finance Corporation” (correctly labeled by Finance Minister Cormann “a complete waste of taxpayers money”) and like the “Climate Change Authority” comprising Quiggin, Clive Hamilton (who once promoted me to membership of his Dirty Dozen)  and others favoured by patronage of the ALP/Greens and now Palmer United.

He goes on to make the ludicrous statement, “local politics of a country of less than 25 million (Yes, that’s us folks!) is being allowed to prevent essential strategic discussions of an issue that is of fundamental importance to the prosperity and well-being of the world’s population of 7 billion people”.

What a total farce the climate change has been and, though Paris 2015 will fail like Copenhagen, Durban and every other gabfest, there is no end in sight to the political and rent seeker manipulations that it has spawned.

 

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31 Responses to No end to the waste and propaganda in pursuit of CO2 emission abatement

  1. ChrisPer

    I propose that ‘experts’ be held liable for AGW wasted spending, and sued to recover the full amount, limited by the value of their home and superannuation funds.

    Tulip mania has not cost the carpetbaggers and deceivers – it has paid their salary in research funds for 20 years.

    Their recommendations have done an order of magnitude more harm than the research budgets, and all stolen from ordinary businesses and taxpayers at point of the Government bludgeon.

  2. blogstrop

    Stern and Garnaut are both guilty of ramping up the rhetoric to make us all lower our standard of living to counter a situation that has been inflated by lies and propaganda, and worse, supported by “scientific” shysters who should now be run out of town on a rail, complete with tar and feathers.

  3. Stern and the rest of the climate-spivs should be put in the stocks and pelted with rotten fruit.

  4. Bruce of Newcastle

    Stern, Hamilton and Quiggin are for a fall if they don’t actually look at the data, and understand that most of the temperature rise last century was natural due to the Sun and the ocean cycles. The main players are staring to come around – the UK Met Office, NASA GSFC being two which acknowledge these natural processes, although not yet in their full magnitude.

    What will hit them hard is the fall in temperature as the solar cycle comes off the current peak and the AMO swings down seriously. It will be very hard to explain a cooling of half or one degree of temperature when CO2 is rising and is supposed to be the only driver.

    A bonfire of the wind turbines might just ensue.

  5. tomix

    It’s going to end up like the Vietnam War. Viz- North Vietnam was totally fucked, but won anyway.

  6. mareeS

    Why did you have to mention Vietnam? There should be something akin to Godwin’s Law on this blog. Numbers, this is your cue….

  7. Alfonso

    Duh, even ‘the Australian’ and ‘2GB’ news bulletins call CO2 “pollution”.
    We lost the cultural wars long ago.
    Protect your wealth….

  8. johno

    To think, Abbott did a deal with Palmer to get his pointless and expensive Direct Action passed. As a result of Palmer’s insistence to retain the farcical Climate Change Authority, Bernie Fraser, Ian Chubb, David Karoly, Heather Ridout, John Q and Clive Hamilton get to keep their cushie jobs and to promote their BS.

    I hope he and Greg Hunt are truly happy for this fabulous outcome.

  9. gabrianga

    500 “delegates” (not scientists?) are putting final touches to IPCC report to be handed down in Paris later this month.

    How to reach CONSENSUS OF 97% OF SCIENTISTS exposed as one big fucking fraud AGAIN.

    LINK

    Perhaps a word from our worthy Minister for the Environment querying Pachauri and Co.?

  10. chrisl

    The “pause” is driving them nuts! They don’t know whether to deny it using some mathematical jiggery pokery or to come up with a reason(52 at last count) which somehow their beloved models didn’t factor in!

  11. red breast

    I had a dream that not one politician, not one government representative actually attended the Paris conference and all the commentators, journalists, “scientists”, NGO delegates and the IPCC were left to talk and play with themselves.

  12. Leo G

    The “pause” is driving them nuts!

    Lacunaphobes.

  13. .

    What a total farce the climate change has been and, though Paris 2015 will fail like Copenhagen, Durban and every other gabfest, there is no end in sight to the political and rent seeker manipulations that it has spawned.

    I wonder how long it will take for them to give up the ghost.

    Will we have these gabfests and an RET in 2030? 2050? 2150?

  14. Rabz

    The utterly discredited zombie of a hypothesis staggers on and on and on.

    Who will put a katana through its skull, Michonne like?

  15. Andrew

    What does he care about the G20? According to the filthies, every world leader except Abbott666 attended al-Gore’s climate fest in NYC in Sept. (Made it bloody near impossible to get a hotel that week too.) So why would they want to talk about it again at an economic summit? And are they seriously suggesting that A666 and H666 are so all-powerful that if every other G20 member insisted on putting windmills on the agenda, they would have all been overruled?

  16. Stern and the OECD are involved with this report that just came out making CAGW, once again, the excuse for a global planned economy. http://newclimateeconomy.report/misc/downloads/

    It also fits with what I write about globally in K-12 education if tracked at the level of the Global Leaders Education Programme that most particularly includes Australia. Also there is a global project called FuturICT claiming that economies and societies can now be managed and planned for through the data being thrown off as we go through our daily lives.

    Countries like the US, Australia, Canada, the UK–where the common law created a historic reverence for property and the individual’s freedom from the state are the most targeted to give all that up via education ‘reforms’, Agenda 21, and this CAGW hoax.

  17. cohenite

    the farcical Climate Change Authority, Bernie Fraser, Ian Chubb, David Karoly, Heather Ridout, John Q and Clive Hamilton get to keep their cushie jobs and to promote their BS.

    Not one of them worth feeding.

    2 recent interesting papers which, if AGW still had a beating heart, would skewer it.

    1 http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC1410/S00086/new-paper-finds-no-significant-20th-century-warming-for-nz.htm A Reanalysis of Long-Term Surface Air Temperature Trends in New Zealand * by C.R. de Freitas, M.O. Dedekind and B.E. Brill.

    A couple of years ago the NZ equivalent of BOM, NIWA was essentially sued on the basis that NIWA’s temperature adjustments produced a warming trend. The case was thrown out basically because the Judge thought the expertise of the NIWA scientists could not be assailed by the intrepid but underqualified litigants. Now along comes de Freitas et al, all heavily credentialed, doing exactly what the litigants did and showing exactly the same thing, namely when you use NIWA’s methodology for adjusting temperature you don’t get a 0.9C trend but a trend of 0.28C.

    de Freitas also discusses Hessell, J. W. D. (1980). Apparent trends of mean temperature in
    New Zealand since 1930. N Z J Sci, 23, 1–9. This is a much ignored paper which had earlier confirmed that instead of warming at a world record rate, NZ, had essentially not warmed at all.

    And if the warming in NZ is a bureaucrat’s wet dream then a similar onanistic situation must also apply to Australia’s warming.

    2 François Gervais, Int. J. Mod. Phys. B, 28, 1450095 (2014) [20 pages] DOI: 10.1142/S0217979214500957

    Gervais looks at the source of the atmospheric increase in CO2 and finds it is not all due to anthropogenic CO2 and what little ACO2 there is contributing to the increase has only caused a 0.1C increase to Global Average Temperature.

    Any abatement cost benefit analysis proceeds on the basis that ACO2 is the only cause to the increase in atmospheric increase of CO2 and therefore the sole cause of the [non-existent] temperature increase. It is not and if you believe that CO2 is the cause of temperature rise than the cost benefit analysis should be apportioned according to the ratio of ACO2 in the atmosphere.

  18. .

    cohenite that is good news, I guess. Is there anyway the civil action in NZ can start again?

  19. incoherent rambler

    A bonfire of the wind turbines might just MUST ensue.

  20. Matt

    Nice to see that carbon cate has purchased another house on the waters edge, this time a holiday house! How nice for her….

  21. jupes

    I wonder how long it will take for them to give up the ghost.

    Good question. At least another five years I reckon.

    Despite what the science actually says, we live in a world where Sky news can have a panel discussion of five people – including two politicians – where every single person still believes ‘something’ must be done about ‘carbon’. They only disagree with what that is.

    They warmist numpties still bring up China as an example of a good environmental citizen FFS.

  22. Stern and Garnaut are both guilty of ramping up the rhetoric to make us all lower our standard of living…

    Our standard of living may have fallen, blogsprot. Theirs has certainly not.

  23. I blame an early morning trough of caffeine levels.
    Or Abbott666, if you prefer.

  24. cohenite

    cohenite that is good news, I guess. Is there anyway the civil action in NZ can start again?

    The Trust which was the litigant against NIWA has gone into liquidation after withdrawing an appeal against the original decision against it; considerable outstanding costs are floating around.

    So, unless someone with deep pockets sufficient to fund security for such costs steps forward I don’t see any likelihood of further action.

  25. Ant

    To quote someone or other:

    I’ll believe there’s a problem with Global Warming when the liars and frauds who insist there’s a problem start acting like there’s a problem.

  26. Token

    …most faithful readers of The Guardian – its football coverage is second to none.

    It is surprising what the football editors let through, not all of the contractors are enamored with statism.

  27. Fred Lenin.

    These gerbil worming con people are not going to look at any true information about their religion . A generation ago they would have been devout RCs ,or Wowser Protestants.. I mean once you have accepted the church.marx or al gore as the way ,that’s it . No doubts at all such faith has existed for generations,,and these clever leftist ,uni educated people ,are just as superstitious and believing as their illiterate ancestors were. How many angels can stand on the head of a pin! Gerbil Worming causes ice and cold weather,what’s the difference.?

  28. gabrianga

    Latest from IPCC is that fossil fuels must be “red carded” on or before 2100.

    LINK

    That ensures IPCC’s future gabfests guaranteed for at least another 86 years.
    .

    Is there no end to this United Nations bullshit which we cringe from?

    FFS why won’t Abbott or someone responsible make the first move to divorce Australia from this corrupted organisation that sees itself as the New World Government?

  29. gabrianga

    Have Australians seen the light about solar and wind?

    Shadow Minister for Environment Butler announces on SKY that Australia has gone from 4th to tenth as “a good place to invest in renewable energy”.

    Perhaps supply (or lack of) and demand has something to do with loss of interest?

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